Much of the news this week would be taken up by the slew of licensing announcements that came out of Otakon, so here's a super-condensed version of the highlights:

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the universe --

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All aboard: Galaxy Express 999, a seminal future-fantasy series courtesy of the above-mentioned Matsumoto, is now available on Hulu. Harlock is also still on Crunchyroll for those with accounts there. Both shows are straight out of the 1970s in their visual aesthetics, but apart from that they're fast approaching a kind of timelessness that Matsumoto was pretty consciously striving for in his work. (Also now on Hulu, Itazura no Kiss, issued on video by Discotek but now available for your streaming pleasure.)

Still not consent: "It's 2015, and I can't believe we're still discussing whether cosplayers are 'asking for it' by wearing a costume." So says Lauren Orsini, and you better believe this isn't going to go away by itself.

Invisible titans: Word of how Attack on Titan's massive sales generated nary a peep from the larger comics or pop culture community has engendered much headscratching and -shaking about the way anime and manga get short shrift in discussions of cultural matters generally. There's a perception about anime and manga amongst pop-culture fans that seems to echo the way comics and animation were long dismissed as kid's stuff by mainstream culture.

Adaptable: Some interesting insights into why Asian live-action adaptations of comics tend to fare better, or at least have more diversity, than their Western cape-comics-to-big-screen counterparts. For starters, there's less of the above-mentioned compartmentalization and stigma for comics — although that doesn't mean the adaptations in question always turn out to be such great ideas. (Anyone remember the live-action Negima!? Yeah, neither do I, and for good reason.)

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